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MCA bows first ani syndie series

MCA TV will launch its first syndicated animated series under the “Universal Family Network” banner.

Universal Cartoon Studios will produce 13 episodes of “Exosquad,” a weekly half-hour futuristic action/adventure series that will be licensed on a barter basis for ’93-’94. An additional 39 installments are planned for the 1994-95 season.

“Beethoven,” based on the Universal feature film, is also in pre-development as a potential half-hour animated series for the ’94 season.

MCA TV prez Shelly Schwab said major tie-ins and cross-promotions with other Universal/MCA divisions will play a significant part in the rollout of the “Family Network” and “Exosquad.”

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